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Episode Guide | Indy Show

Season 2

Indy Show

indyn1Story by: Steven Long Mitchell, Craig Van Sickle, Tommy Thompson and Eric Morris

Teleplay by: Tommy Thompson

Directed by: Chuck Bowman

Original Air Date: 1-31-98

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Logline:

Jarod races into the world of Indy Cars to investigate a mysterious crash. Sydney is shocked to discover that his brother has regained consciousness.

Indy Show

Indy Show-01683-1This episode was one of the most rewarding, most expensive and most difficult shows we ever produced.

There were many people who went above and beyond to make it happen, from Craig’s brother, Scott, who initiated the contact with sponsors and the Arciero/Wells racing team (who provided us with the two main cars you see, special thanks to Heather Handley), to CART (Championship Auto Racing), to the California Motor Speedway, all the way back to our own crew and a special tip of the hat to Jan Dewitt who did budgetary back flips to make it affordable. It also helps when the executive producers are huge race fans and want to make it all happen!

There were many times it almost didn’t.

We had scheduled for three days shooting at the speedway in Fontana, knowing we needed one of those three days strictly for filming the climactic takedown racing sequence between Jarod and the villain. Day one was raining, so we had to film inside the garages. Day two was terribly windy, and again it was too dangerous to run the cars on the track. If day three was bad weather, we wouldn’t have any racing footage in a racing episode and worse yet, there would be no ending! We were losing our cars, we were losing the track, it was day three or never. We held our breaths and Pretender luck prevailed — Day Three, we raced and got all the footage we needed (did we mention that we had helicopters to deal with as well, so that we could get the in-car camera shots?). Logistically, there were so many places that things could have gone wrong and somehow with hard work and good fortune, they didn’t.
Indy Show-01119-1Not to be overlooked in this huge episode, was the touching story of Sydney helping his twin brother to die in peace, with Miss Parker keeping the secret from the Centre. It was the perfect balance.

We’d love to tell you that Michael T. drove his own race car at 200 MPH, but the truth was the two cars at the end were driven by Robby Gordon and Max Papis. Ironically, Robby and Max nearly won separate races on the same day; Max won the CART Portland race on 6/24/01 and Robby finished second in a NASCAR race on the same day.

The actor who played the control room director in the booth was none other than Don Ohlmeyer, the then President of the NBC network, legendary television sports producer/director, and of course, long time Indy car racing fanatic.

Little Known Fact:

We’d love to tell you that Michael T. drove his own race car at 200 MPH, but the truth was the two cars at the end were driven by Robby Gordon and Max Papis.

Steve and Craig

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1×6 To Serve And Protect

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1×8 Not Even a Mouse

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2×8 Hazards

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3×13 Pool

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1×13 Bazooka Jarod

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2×9 FX

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4×12 Lifeline

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2×6 Past Sim

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3×3 Once in a Blue Moon

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1×5 The Paper Clock

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3×22-22 Donoterase

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4×3 Angel’s Flight

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1×15 Jaroldo!

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1×10 The Better Part of Valor

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4×13 Ghosts From The Past

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3×16 PTB

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2×21 Bloodlines

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1×2 Every Picture Tells a Story

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4×17 Meltdown

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3×12 Unsinkable

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2×3 Over the Edge

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1×7 A Virus Among Us

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2×18 Stolen

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3×6 Parole

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1×19 Jarod’s Honor

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4×2 Survival

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2×7 Collateral Damage

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3×5 Betrayal

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1×4 Curious Jarod

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1×12 Prison Story

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3×1 Crazy

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4×9 Til Death Do Us Part

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2×11 Gigolo Jarod

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3×18 Wake Up

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4×18 Corn Man A Comin

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2×14 Unforgotten

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3×4 Someone to Trust

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4×11 Cold Dick

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1×20 Baby Love

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1×16 Under the Reds

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4×7 Wild Child

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2×2 Scott Free

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3×19 End Game (Profiler Crossover)

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1×18 Unhappy Landings

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3×11 The Assassin

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4×15 Junk

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4×1 The World is Changing

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2×15 Bulletproof

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3×9 Murder 101

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1×9 Mirage

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2×4 Exposed

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3×14 At The Hour Of Our Death

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4×5 Extreme

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2×10 Indy Show

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3×2 Hope and Prey

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2×17 Crash

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